Meet the newest member of our SpringStar team, Legs! She is an Australian stick insect (Extatosoma tiaratum), and even though she looks ferocious, she’s a laid-back vegetarian who is harmless to humans.
We hope she “sticks” around!
Here are a few fun facts about Legs:
- Her body is camouflaged to look like a leaf, and she’ll often sway like a leaf in the wind to blend in with foliage even more.
- When threatened, she can curl her tail like a scorpion’s and may release a toffee-like scent as a deterrent.
- She cannot fly (only males can fly).
- Her favorite things to eat are blackberry brambles.
She has 5 daughters – but has never mated!
Legs with one of her daughters. E. tiaratum females are capable of parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction in which they lay unfertilized eggs that hatch into female offspring.
- Written By Alyssa Branca
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